Introducing Kids To The Importance Of Reconciliation Week

During Reconciliation Week, we have a beautiful opportunity as parents to celebrate our indigenous culture and guide our little ones to develop respect, understanding and kindness towards all people.

We know that small, consistent steps over time matter. Introducing our children to our nation's history early on will help build a brighter, more equitable future.
Here are some of our favourite books and activities to spark conversations with your little ones during Reconciliation Week and beyond.

Share stories

There are so many beautiful children’s books sharing the stories of First Nations’ people while also supporting Aboriginal writers and illustrators. Some fantastic examples include:

Coming Home To Country
This picture book by acclaimed Aboriginal author and illustrator Bronwyn Bancroft evokes the feeling and comfort of returning home, especially the connection Indigenous people have with their land.

Baby Business
Baby Business tells the story of a Darug baby smoking ceremony that welcomes baby to country. The smoke is a blessing – it will protect the baby and remind them that they belong.

This picture book welcomes and introduces children to important elements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. It teaches children the importance of family who show the way, plus how we need to listen, learn and share.

Once There Was A Boy
Written and illustrated by Dub (David) Leffler—descended from the Bigambul and Mandandanji people of south-west Queensland—this is a poignant universal story of friendship, temptation and reconciliation.

Colour and learn

Indigenous art is an excellent way for you and your children to explore the meaning behind the images.

Colour for Reconciliation
Learn about each element like the boomerang, stars, moons and rivers in this artwork by Aboriginal artist Jessica Johnson.
Download for free HERE

My First Dreamtime Dot-Art Book
Each picture includes a simple colour guide and a short story explaining the artwork's original meaning.

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